BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay allegeds that fake social media accounts are used to propagate “fake and paid news” during elections. A PIL was on Wednesday moved in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Centre to take steps for linking social media accounts with Aadhaar, PAN or voter ID card to weed out fake accounts.
The plea by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has sought the relief, alleging that fake social media accounts are used to propagate “fake and paid news” during elections.
He has sought directions to the Centre to deactivate the fake social media accounts to prevent the spread of fake and paid news, especially when the model code of conduct is in force.
Upadhyay, also a lawyer, has claimed in his plea that amendments need to be made in the Indian Penal Code, Representation of People Act and the Information Technology law to stop publishing or abetting the publication of paid and fake news. He moved the high court after the Supreme Court on 14 October refused to entertain the plea.
The plea has also sought directions to the Centre for taking steps to declare publication of paid news and political advertisements 48 hours before an election as a “corrupt practice” under the Representation of People Act, 1951.
It has claimed that 10 percent of the 3.5 crores Twitter handles were duplicate, which included hundreds in the names of eminent people such as chief ministers and even the president and the prime minister of the country.